July 17, 2015

Angry at the world: Personal reflections on a leftist demonstration

Jonathan D. HaleviRebel Blogger
 

At an early morning hour on Wednesday (July 8,) I arrived at a gathering place in which scores of radical left activists made their final preparations before starting their protest against an international conference dealing with environmental issues and with the attendance of political leaders, senior businessman and bankers from the Americas and the former President of Israel Mr. Shimon Peres. The protest was organized by No One is Illegal.

From a distance the atmosphere in the parkette seemed festive. As I got closer I could sense the rage and hatred they projected towards their enemies, and the list of their enemies is quite long.

A young lady, who danced cheerfully with the crowd, climbed onto the makeshift stage and her mouth started spewing fire and brimstone against the capitalism and the Western countries because of their responsibility of the destruction of the planet.

After her speech, a young person in his early thirties, took the floor condemning the “evil” enemies who put mankind in danger, including the “war criminal” Shimon Peres, the godfather of the Israeli nuclear program. The crowd became ecstatic when he declared that the real “enemy” is the “profit” that motivates the big corporations. All chanted slogans against the war, in support of peace and world free of pollution. An army of TV crews were at the scene to bring live coverage to their viewers.

The demonstrators were divided into two groups, blue and red, and both rushed separately to block the main roads in the downtown during the busiest rush hours of the day. In the heart of the financial district a group of approximately 50 demonstrators stood in the centre of the street preventing any vehicle from crossing the intersection for about an hour.

Police forces circled the demonstrators but refrained from taking any action to disperse them. CP24 reporter and a former Police officer commended the demonstrators for not using violent tactics. In his view, blocking major roads in the morning rush hours is not an act of violence or bullying.

The speakers talked volumes about social justice while in a short distance of them a homeless was lying motionless, not reacting to the commotion, the passionate speeches and the high-volume music. The keynote speaker described the homeless as a victim of capitalism, even though he didn’t know the man’s identity or his personal story. His declared empathy was not translated into calling upon his supporters to take action by donating money to the homeless or first checking whether he was alive or dead.

Radical leftist Jews took part in the demonstration. Same faces, same slogans. All, without any exception, totally ignored the horrific atrocities committed by Islamic State (ISIS), which are no different of the Nazi war crimes during War World 2. For them the West is the one and only culprit of all the woes of the world. Other potential causes were alsoabsent in their list. For instance, the demonstrators attacked the West for producing and using oil as a source of energy, but they couldn’t find words to criticize the big producers of oil in the Middle East.

The demonstrators were not interested in a debate. They came with ironclad political positions, which are equivalent to a Messianic belief about a perfect world free of profit and without any borders separating between countries; a world that uses only clean energy and enjoys eternal peace between all nations. If these demonstrators only chose to dedicate their time to write fairy tales for children they could have made a nice living and provide jobs for others.

 

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commented 2015-07-21 02:02:35 -0400
Jonathan, I wish Ezra would interview you more on video. Do you do news videos with any other media outlet? You should.
commented 2015-07-21 02:01:15 -0400
Erin Berney – Is this how you practice law? By dehumanizing your opponents. Categorize them all as crazy?
commented 2015-07-21 01:59:59 -0400
Bill Elder – your post dehumanizes the other, those you oppose. Dehumanization is the first step toward genocide.
commented 2015-07-19 22:17:19 -0400
Stalin would have been proud of these idiots. When they grow up and learn to think, they may act like normal Human Beings
commented 2015-07-19 19:53:23 -0400
trust babies and their friends with nothing better to do with their day
commented 2015-07-19 16:17:06 -0400
perfect solutions…until we want something some one else has, like food, shelter, heat. I have tried talking with one, talk about making your head spin…
commented 2015-07-19 04:41:19 -0400
It’s ironic, really, because it’s mostly just kids involved in these kinds of demonstrations. And it’s no wonder they have mental issues, as once they hit university, they’re indoctrinated with liberal guilt and develop “white privilege” personality disorders.
commented 2015-07-18 15:19:31 -0400
Profit is not the enemy. Profit is the method of determining whether or not your economic activity has created wealth. If you have a profit you have created wealth. If you have a loss you have destroyed wealth. In communist countries profit does not exist so the entire economy in every sector ends up destroying wealth through artificial non-market prices. In communist Poland the government mandated a very low price for bread so that no one would starve. Great idea, right? Then farmers started buying bread to feed to their pigs because it was cheaper than the ordinary pig feed because of the artificially low price of bread. This was just one example of wealth being destroyed. The state bakery did not need to make a profit and this systematic destruction of wealth resulted. This is the problem with both socialism and communism. They both destroy wealth but produce rich bureaucrats but poor people.
commented 2015-07-18 13:01:32 -0400
yet they all freely choose to live here in the “West”.
commented 2015-07-18 12:45:03 -0400
Jonathan – Having witnessed these events myself, I can categorically state that the common front that has these people agitated is not politics but mental illness. For the most part these are privileged suburban kids and middle class 20-30 somethings who have been sheltered from the harsh realities of the world by the very system they are set to destroy. It is the borderline personality disorder which makes them embrace self-destructive ideals and behaviours – as well as be blind to their own hypocrisy.
People with borderline mental disorders are the natural prey for any dogmatic predator hawking a paranoid belief system or a fantasy utopia. Border lines are prone to conditioning and propaganda. So what we see here is a mob of borderlines mobilized by true manipulative dogmatists for their purposes.

This is not to say there is no crony capitalism, rapacious corporatism or gaps in our democratic systems or imperialism or a multitude of criminal state atrocities – but as you allude to Johnathan, these things are generally far far worse in other nations and cultures. This lack of perspective is in keeping with the borderline personality – as is paranoia and stark hypocrisy – IF these people had the power of their convictions, that homeless man would be taken in by one of them and indeed all homeless would have a home in these peoples homes – If they talk the talk of communitarianism , they must walk the walk – but that won’t happen because of the large narcissistic element of borderline disorder – these protests are public displays of BPDs preening their imagined moral superiority aid for the homeless is their antagonist’s responsibility, not theirs..

In a free society we have to allow these damaged people to vent their distorted beliefs publicly , but there is also nothing which prevents us from expressing the fact they are motivated more by chronic personality disorder than politics or morality.
commented 2015-07-18 07:42:25 -0400
Let them let off a little steam. It makes the unimportant feel that they are ‘making a difference’ and helping to construct a brave new world. These demonstrations allow people, who are locked away in their pointless little worlds, who feel crushed into insignificance by society and ‘The Man’, who wake up every day to the realization, that they are powerless, insignificant motes unable to change society’s direction or make a contribution that will be remembered further than their first intellectual debate over a latte at Star Bucks, feel that they are part of an important, rich with gravitas movement that will force the world to change to their dictates.

And then return to their pointless little jobs at the corner book store or their important political discussions at the student union building or sewing new leather patches on their tweed sports coat’s elbows.
commented 2015-07-17 20:08:53 -0400
Even if we were to get rid of cash, profit, companies, jobs, etc.. the law of supply and demand still applies…
Source: KJV, chapter 1, Genesis, Adam & Eve